‘BAKLA’ PAPAYA TASTES BETTER: Here’s How To Breed For More Bakla Seedlings

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The Bakla papaya fruit is oblong like this in photo. It also has smaller cavity than that of the female fruit.
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The female papaya fruits are roundish and with bigger cavity than that of the Bakla fruit which is oblong and cylindrical

People who know their papaya swear that the Bakla or hermaphrodite papaya fruit tastes much better than the “Babae” or female papaya fruit. It is very easy to distinguish one from the other. The Bakla is oblong and cylindrical. On the other hand, the fruit of the female papaya tree is roundish.

The fruit of the Bakla has smaller cavity and is often sweeter and more fleshy than the female fruit.ย 

How can we produce more seedlings that will bear “bakla” fruits? Here’s how. In producing F1 or first generation hybrid that will all bear fruit, two parent lines are used. There’s the male parent line (the source of pollen) and the female parent line which receives the pollen. Usually, the seedlings in the market ย consist of 50 percent “bakla” and 50 percent female.

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DR. VIOLETA VILLEGAS

According to Dr. Violeta Villegas, the lady scientist who developed Sinta Papaya, the first papaya hybrid produced in the Philippines, if you use a hermaphrodite as a male parent line (the source of pollen) and use another hermaphrodite as the female parent line, the result will be two hermaphrodite or bakla seedlings and one female.

Isn’t this interesting?

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These are very fruitful Bakla papaya trees.Note the oblong fruits.
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